Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Written by Edward Chester

June 10, 2013 // 8:35 p.m.

Tags: #apple #cylinder #mac-pro #wwdc #wwdc-2013

Apple has teased a stunning new cylindrical redesign of its Mac Pro range that is just 9in tall and has a 6in diameter.

The new model also comes with dual-graphics cards as standard, uses exclusively flash memory and uses a unified central cooling system with a single top mounted fan.

Although Apple called the announcement a teaser, the company has actually revealed everything but the price and exact launch date of the new system stating only that it will be available later this year - expect the price to be very high: in the region of £2000.

The system's design centres around a triangular aluminium heatsink onto which are bottled the two graphics cards as well as the CPU. Through this heatsink is drawn air, sucked up by the intriguing looking top-mounted fan. This fan uses backward-curved impeller-style blades, relying on negative pressure to draw cold air into the system.

As well as two AMD FirePro GPUs with up to 6GB of dedicated VRAM the new Mac Pro will use Intel Xeon CPUs with "up to 12 cores of processing power, up to 40GB/s of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth, and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions"

Storage is provided by a single mSATA flash drive wedged in behind one of the graphics card, while up to 4 conventional DIMM-sized memory sticks can be added.

In terms of expansion, there are a plethora of Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0, as well as an HDMI output.

Intriguingly, Apple also revealed that the whole system will be assembled in the USA, using facilities in "Texas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and over a dozen other states across America"

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

Apple teases new Mac Pro, with stunning new design

The Mac Pro is about as much the antithesis of an enthusiast/tinkerers ideal PC as you can possibly imagine but equally it looks to incorporate some innovative ideas, and that it can be only 9x6in is quite incredible. Anyone tempted?

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